Tom Brady's jersey won't get stolen this Super Bowl because the New England Patriots quarterback said he plans to take it with him everywhere after the game – if his team wins.
Brady is once again leading the Patriots to the Super Bowl as New England defends the NFL title against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Drama ensued after last year's Super Bowl when someone stole Brady's jersey after he had taken it off at the conclusion of the game, CBS Sports reported.
Authorities found the jersey and other NFL items at the home of Martin Mauricio Ortega, director of Mexico City's newspaper La Prensa, after being tipped off by a sports memorabilia collector, USA Today reported.
Ortega has been banned from U.S. Bank Stadium and future Super Bowls, according to CBS Sports,
Law enforcement officials told TMZ there is a plan in place to avoid a repeat performance.
"One of the main goals is to keep people and property safe," they told TMZ. "We do not want a repeat of last year and we have learned lessons from other major sporting events."
A source told TMZ that federal agencies, multiple state agencies, and private companies are all part of this year's Super Bowl security and there will be "surveillance everywhere."
Brady told USA Today he had a much simpler plan to keep his jersey safe.
"I am taking it with me, man … if we win," Brady told reporters Tuesday, per USA Today. "If we lose I am throwing it in the garbage, and if we win I am taking it. So hopefully we win."
Security at NRG Stadium in Houston and the NFL were left embarrassed last year after Brady's jersey was stolen after leading the largest comeback in Super Bowl history to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime.
Authorities identified Ortega after Dylan Wagner, a 19-year-old memorabilia collector from Seattle, told law enforcement said he had been contacted by Ortega regarding various items, making him suspicious, USA Today said.
Ortega surrendered Brady's jersey last March after he was confronted by Mexican law enforcement officials, per USA Today. He also gave back Brady's top from Super Bowl XLIX, and Denver Broncos' Von Miller's game-worn helmet from Super Bowl 50.
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